Gaining Foundation Skills for Learning and Teaching/GFS Lesson Planning Module
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GFS Lesson Planning Module
This module provides some prompts on how to plan for a lesson/session and offers options in terms of ways that you can record your session plan.
To get the most out of a learning session time and effort needs to be put into the planning.
A great place to start is with the 5 W’s.
- Who are your students/participants?
- Where is the learning session to take place? – environment, resources
- When will this occur? – time of day, length of session
- Why is this session being run? – the intent and aim of the session?
- What is the focus and content of the session?
Once you have considered those you can move to
- How will this session flow and be organised?
Teaching Tips for Session Planning is a handout with more helpful reminder questions to help focus your session plan.
Recording the Session Plan
There are no hard or fast rules about how you should record a session plan.
It could be in list form, mind-map, diagrams, tables or any other structure that works best for you.
The key factor is that it can be followed easily and works for you as a tool during the session.
You can also add information about how the session went that can be used to enhance planning for another session or a repeat of the same session at a later date.
The attached session plan is in a table format that can be of use to those who prefer a very structured approach to their planning. This can be very useful for those new to teaching.
Lesson planning is a page from Penn State York University offering a range of approaches.
Designing and sequencing learning activities, content and assessment methods offers guiding tips by David Baume at Oxford-brookes University.
This introduction to lesson planning is expanded upon further in the Learner Centred Learning course